Marie Curie: A Life

Marie Curie: A Life

by Susan Quinn

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Overview

"A touching three-dimensional portrait of the Polish-born scientist and two-time Nobel Prize winner" ( Kirkus) Madame Curie, the discoverer of radium and radioactivity

One hundred years ago, Marie Curie discovered radioactivity, for which she won the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911 she won an unprecedented second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry, for isolating new radioactive elements. Despite these achievements, or perhaps because of her fame, she has remained a saintly, unapproachable genius. From family documents and a private journal only recently made available, Susan Quinn at last tells the full human story. From the stubborn sixteen-year-old studying science at night while working as a governess, to her romance and scientific partnership with Pierre Curie-an extraordinary marriage of equals-we feel her defeats as well as her successes: her rejection by the French Academy, her unbearable grief at Pierre's untimely and gruesome death, and her retreat into a love affair with a married fellow scientist, causing a scandal which almost cost her the second Nobel Prize. In Susan Quinn's fully dimensional portrait, we come at last to know this complicated, passionate, brilliant woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780201887945
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/20/1996
Series: Radcliffe Biography Series
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 361,289
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Quinn is an award-winning author of five books, including Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady. She has served as the chair of PEN New England and has been a contributor to Boston Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and Ms. magazine . She lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13(17)
A Family with Convictions
17(26)
A Double Life
43(19)
Some Very Hard Days
62(23)
A Precious Sense of Liberty
85(19)
A Beautiful Thing
104(21)
Everything Hoped For
125(20)
Discovery
145(15)
A Theory of Matter
160(27)
The Prize
187(23)
Turning Toward Home
210(17)
Desolation and Despair
227(20)
A New Alchemy
247(26)
Rejection
273(22)
Scandal
295(37)
Recovery
332(21)
Serving France
353(23)
America
376(24)
A Thousand Bonds
400(18)
Legacies
418(17)
Notes 435(44)
Bibliography 479(6)
Index 485

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